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CUNY Academic Senior Advisor - Computer Science & Information Security - Extended* in New York, New York

Job Title: Academic Senior Advisor - Computer Science & Information Security - Extended*

Job ID: 21462

Location: John Jay College

Regular/Temporary: Regular



John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) led by President Karol V. Mason and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups.

The College offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. John Jay College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.


The Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice seeks an Academic Senior Advisor to align, accomplish, and extend the mission of CUNY 2x Tech program.

CUNY 2x Tech is a $20 million Mayoral initiative to double the number of computer science bachelor’s degrees awarded by public colleges by 2022. It entails a comprehensive investment in the instruction, advising, and experiences that are essential to prepare New Yorkers for 21st-century tech jobs in NYC. All CUNY 2x Tech faculty and staff members will play a critical role in ensuring that the college’s tech education is aligned with industry demand. The role will involve significant work directly with NYC-based industry partners and the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline to review curricula, provide feedback on students’ job-readiness, teach in the classroom, and ensure that overall tech education provided by the college is preparing students with the academic and career readiness skills they need to succeed.

The CUNY 2x Tech program is led by the Office for the Advancement of Research, and the Academic Senior Advisor will report to the Associate Provost/Dean of Research and the Chair of the Mathematics & Computer Science Department during the active grant period, and the Chair of the Mathematics & Computer Science Department in the post grant period. The Senior Advisor will support students in John Jay’s BS in Computer Science and Information Security throughout their academic journey.

Duties include:

  • Work with the Academic Advisement Center to provide mandated, high-touch academic/career advisement for a designated cohort of Computer Science and Information Security majors.

  • Support students’ persistence in the Computer Science and Information Security major and expand student exposure to tech careers and the courses needed to prepare for them.

  • Work with Center for Career and Professional Development staff to help students plan for internships and other opportunities to build their experience in and exposure to tech workplaces.

  • Promote connection of students to supportive services at John Jay, such as tutoring and career services and undergraduate research and internship programs to increase persistence in the major and progress toward degree.

  • Collaborate with the Dean of Research, Department Chair and Major Coordinator to provide feedback on possible new courses in the major, insights from employers that may influence curricula, and individual students as needed.

  • Work with students to identify and diagnose stops, advise students on newly-created initiatives addressing developmental needs, and schedule on-demand registration appointments.

  • Collaborate with John Jay’s Academic Advisor Center on training, general education advising, and best practices.

  • Ensure that Computer Science and Information Security students are on track to participate in relevant CUNY 2x Tech-related programs.

  • Lead data collection efforts for CUNY 2x reporting especially on student progress and outcomes, both in the major and post-graduation.

  • Serve as a resource for staff and faculty on student advisement issues, especially related to tech majors and careers.


Bachelor's degree and four years' related experience required.


  • Degree in computer science or related field.

  • At least two years’ experience in academic advisement, particularly in STEM fields.

  • Demonstrated commitment to student success, diversity, and engagement.

  • Previous professional experience in a tech field, preferably within or adjacent to NYC tech companies.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and experience or ability to quickly learn appropriate modules in the CUNYfirst system.


Provides expert and/or specialized academic counseling a diverse student population.

  • Offers comprehensive advisement to full-time and part-time students

  • Works with other academic affairs staff as well as enrollment and student affairs to assist students to declare majors and select appropriate courses

  • Monitors students' performances and takes appropriate action if necessary; resolves students' problems regarding curricular requirements

  • Develops academic plans and performs graduation audits

  • Provides information to students regarding student support services, college policies and program procedures and guidelines

  • Facilitates workshops; assists with other department activities such as course scheduling

  • Establishes and maintains student advisement files; prepares activity reports and analyses

  • May supervise extramural activities, such as internships and community service; may assist with accreditation efforts as needed

  • May provide career and transfer services and/or specialized program counseling

  • May supervise junior advising and/or clerical staff

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Senior Academic Advisor


Higher Education Assistant




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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Review of resumes to begin December 13, 2019.

*Posting closes on January 22, 2020.


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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